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Obama claims Democratic nomination after final primaries (June 4, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) claimed the Democratic nomination for president on Tuesday, along with a majority of Indian votes from South Dakota and Montana. Obama, who was endorsed by a slew of Sioux tribal leaders, lost the South Dakota primary...

Pine Ridge Reservation voters turn out for primary (June 4, 2008)

Turnout was reportedly high on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as the Democratic presidential race came to a close on Tuesday. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) both targeted the Pine Ridge vote. Oglala...

Indian candidate wins nomination in Montana (June 4, 2008)

Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, won the Democratic nomination for Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction in Montana. Juneau won nearly 70 percent of the vote. She will face Republican Elaine Sollie...

Opinion: Indian Health Service still underfunded (June 4, 2008)

"How long you live should not depend on how rich you are. But recent studies show that richer you are, the longer you live. For American Indians, this is not news. Nearly a third of our people live in poverty,...

Colorado agrees to streamlined NAGPRA process (June 4, 2008)

The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act Review Committee has approved an agreement to streamline reburial of remains in Colorado. The agreement between the state and 45 tribes in the area applies to remains inadvertently discovered on state lands. It...

Letter: Stop 'bullying' of Cherokee Nation (June 4, 2008)

"Can our government make us something we ain’t? There are blacks with Cherokee blood that are now citizens along with Irish, Scotch, German, Mexicans and other tribes that make up the Cherokee Nation. I have strong suspicions that the freedmen...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe re-elects most incumbents (June 4, 2008)

Voters of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona re-elected Chairman Peter Yucupicio and all but one incumbent on Tuesday. Yucupicio was the top vote-getter in the election. Incumbent Priscilla Flores failed to garner enough votes to stay on the council....

Witness list for House Resources hearing (June 4, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow on two bills that would distribute a judgment fund for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. H.R.2306 and H.R.3699 each distribute the funds in trust account JA1041696 to six bands of the...

2nd Circuit hears Oneida land claim appeals (June 4, 2008)

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the long-running Oneida land claim. Arlinda Locklear, a lawyer for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, said the arguments went well. She said the judges understand that the Oneidas...

Transportation earmarks linked to Abramoff clients (June 4, 2008)

Six earmarks in the 2004 transportation appropriation bill -- including two for tribes -- have been linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Taxpayers for Common Sense said $1.425 million went to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, who were Abramoff's...

Indian candidate loses primary in New Mexico (June 4, 2008)

Benny Shendo Jr., a member of Jemez Pueblo, said he will back former rival Ben Ray Lujan, for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District after losing the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Shendo came in third behind Lujan and another Democrat. The...

Frank Thompson, Navajo Code Talker, dies at 87 (June 4, 2008)

Frank Tsosie Thompson, a Navajo Code Talker who served during World War II, died on Monday. He was 87. Thompson, who lived on the Navajo Nation, enlisted in the U.S. Marines on May 5, 1942, the day he graduated from...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe bars vote on 'Sioux' nickname (June 4, 2008)

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won't be allowed to vote on the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The tribal council passed a resolution that bars a referendum on the issue. The resolution cites...

Letter: Story painted false image of Indians (June 4, 2008)

"I am not an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe, but my grandmother is, and I do consider myself to be American Indian. I soon will be graduating from the College of St. Scholastica with a bachelor’s degree in...

DOE files license to build Yucca Mountain repository (June 4, 2008)

MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site. PDF: Sites where waste is currently stored. The Department of Energy filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The Timbisha...

Karuk Tribe wins lawsuit over salmon advertisement (June 4, 2008)

The Karuk Tribe of California won its free-speech lawsuit over a salmon advertisement that was rejected by a public transit agency in Oregon. The tribe and an environmental group called Friends of the River wanted to place the Salmon...

IHS links salmonella outbreak to uncooked tomatoes (June 4, 2008)

The Indian Health Service says a salmonella outbreak that has affected people in nine states is linked to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes. Roma and red round tomatoes were the common factor in 40 cases examined. The Centers for Disease Control...

Yellow Bird: Sen. Barack Obama for president (June 4, 2008)

"We’re on the edge of a making history. Sen. Barack Obama basically has clinched the nomination, the media announced Tuesday. The country will break the mold, and we will take a step in a new direction and toward inclusiveness....